May 21, 2018

Luján Signs Discharge Petition to Force Immigration Vote

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force an immigration vote on the House Floor:

After months of Republican leadership’s failure to act to protect Dreamers, I’m proud to support a bipartisan effort to finally bring certainty to the thousands of young people who are Americans in every way but one. Dreamers are nurses, engineers, small business owners, our friends, and our neighbors. These young people came to the United States as children. They grew up in the U.S. singing the Star Spangled Banner and pledging allegiance to the only flag they’ve ever known: the American flag.

After President Trump’s cruel and unnecessary decision to end the DACA program, Republican leaders repeatedly promised to act on this issue. Instead, Congressional Republicans wasted months on bills to cut taxes for corporations, strip healthcare from struggling families, and slash services for Americans who need them most.

It is clear that the American people want Congress to pass the DREAM Act. I hope all of my colleagues will join Democrats and Republicans in signing this bipartisan measure to fulfill our promise to these young people.

If this discharge petition were to garner at least 218 signatures, it would force a floor vote on a proposal known as a “Queen-of-the-Hill” rule. Under this “Queen-of-the-Hill” procedure, the proposal receiving the most votes on the Floor would be adopted. This could include the bipartisan “Dream Act of 2017” and the Hurd-Aguilar “USA Act of 2018.”